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Meet Bennie!

Bella Books just revealed the cover for my upcoming book, Bringing Me Dreams. Normally I’m not a fan of putting faces on the cover, but how could I resist Bennie’s? Just look at that sweet face! This little guy’s a Cavapoo, a cross between a Cavalier King Charles and a toy poodle. After his rescue […]

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Bringing Me Dreams

Reeling from her brother’s senseless death, Gianna Del Vecchio finds comfort in an online forum from a woman who suffered a similar loss. Theirs is a club no one wants to join—survivors of a loved one’s suicide. Photos posted to the forum of the woman’s cute therapy dog bring cheer when nothing else can, and […]

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Book list

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to comment on my annual Top 10 blog. As promised, I had a book drawing — and everybody won! I sent an email for how to claim your book to the address provided when you commented. Here’s the list of books I have available. I’ll update it […]

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Top 10 of 2021

I’ve been thinking for weeks about what to put in this annual review, and frankly, I can’t believe I’m even writing this post. Yes, it’s been a horrible year for the whole world, and American democracy is in real peril. And for Betty White to leave us on the last day when Rupert Murdoch and […]

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A New Book for 2022: Bringing Me Dreams

I don’t know which to celebrate more, a new book or a new blog. I’ve utterly failed at blogging this year, with one meager post way back in March about my last book, Words Unsaid. My excuses are fairly pedestrian: I haven’t had much to say, and even when I did, I was busy doing […]

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Want an autographed copy of Words Unsaid?

The countdown starts for Words Unsaid: Book Five in the Shaken Series, due from Bella Books next month, April 15th. For those who like to re-read books in a series before a new one comes out, better get cracking! I just got a notice from my publisher to expect my author’s copies in just two […]

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Shaken #5: Words Unsaid

As parents, Anna and Lily’s guiding principle is to help their children reach their potential and capture their dreams. Ten-year-old Eleanor is a STEM whiz already building apps for her mobile phone, while her twin brother Georgie is climbing the youth tennis rankings in Southern California. Andy continues his love affair with cars, but his […]

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Top 10 of 2020

This is a joke, right? How does anyone find 10 things to celebrate in a year like 2020? I had an ambitious year planned with four events on my calendar — ClexaCon in Vegas, QFX in Tampa, Books & Boots in Dallas, and the annual hug-fest with my GCLS friends — ALL CANCELED. If that […]

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Listen up!

Listening was never my strong suit, at least that’s what my teachers said. Apparently my brain was better suited for the written word than the audio, and that’s still true today. If you want me to remember something, best to write it down and hand it to me. But if you’re into podcasts, interviews and […]

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Sneak peek of a work in progress

After I released Mother Load in 2010, fans of the Shaken Series began to ask, “Any plans for Book 5?” I’ve said no for ten years, but I always added a caveat: “If the right story comes to me, I promise I’ll write it.” Well, guess what? I’ve been toying with this one for about […]

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How does politics affect your daily life?

I first considered this question in 1972, when my brother’s two best friends turned 19 on the same day — December 4th — which happened to be #1 in the draft lottery. Both ended up going to Vietnam. I spent the next ~15 years trying to get on the right career track and discovering my […]

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Top 10 of the Decade: the 2010s in Review

It’s a long tradition that I look back on each year and compile a Top 10 list of highlights. It’s fun to relive those special moments, and especially to push aside the troubles, conflicts and shortcomings. I’ve got to be honest though — I’m going to skip the Top 10 for 2019. I experienced a […]

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Coming soon: The Sandstone Collection

My new book, The Lucky Ones, is set in Leland KY, a fictitious small town I first introduced years and years ago in The House on Sandstone. When it releases next week, those who shop at Bella Books will find a couple of extras: First, anyone who purchases TLO from Bella will also receive a […]

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Where is home?

The Lucky Ones is a story about the place we call home. What does that mean? I find it’s different things to different people. For me, it’s different things at different times. “It’s where I grew up.” Except my dad was in the Marines and we moved a few times. I suppose I could have […]

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Coming in October

THE LUCKY ONES Scarred by her mother’s betrayal, Brittany Iverson left home half a lifetime ago for the promise of California, with its vibrant, cosmopolitan lesbian community. She wouldn’t go back to Kentucky for a million dollars. But several million? That’s a different kettle of fish. All Britt has to do is help resurrect her […]

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The Lucky Ones

Scarred by her mother’s betrayal, Brittany Iverson left home half a lifetime ago for the promise of California, with its vibrant, cosmopolitan lesbian community. She wouldn’t go back to Kentucky for a million dollars. But several million? That’s a different kettle of fish. All Britt has to do is help resurrect her father’s failing business […]

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Party in Pittsburgh!

The 2019 GCLS conference is officially in the books, and what a week it was! I was excited to get home so I could share the news here on my blog, but I was greeted instead with a marked up manuscript of my upcoming book, The Lucky Ones. And a very short deadline for turning […]

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My poor neglected blog

It turns out my brain can only do one thing at a time. That “thing” was supposed to be writing a book, The Lucky Ones, due out this fall from Bella Books. Periodically, however — all right, much too often over these past three years — I’ve been sucked into the political news of the […]

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Incendiary political stuff

I posted something provocative on Facebook the other day, something meant to challenge the prevailing perspective that’s been building for a couple of years as the Mueller investigation looked into the question of Russian interference in our 2016 election. We know from detailed indictments that Mueller found conclusive evidence that Russian operatives hacked into the […]

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Top 10 of 2018

You have no idea how close I came to skipping the Top 10 list for 2018. If you’ve followed me on social media this year, you probably know this year’s main event was moving from my native North Carolina mountains to what I hope will be my final resting place — Nashville, Tennessee. The sheer […]

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